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Mining: Living with the past

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Since the Coal Authority was established in 1994, it has been regulating the coal mining industry and managing the effects of past coal mining, to protect the public and the environment.

The UK has a rich heritage of coal mining that helped to power the country’s industrial revolution, and the legacy of this extractive industry is still seen above ground with architecture, industrial heritage and even the location and layout of some of our towns and cities. However, below ground, past mining can also impact on new and existing development and the Coal Authority was formed in 1994 to manage these effects and support those affected by coal mining subsidence damage.

Over the course of the last 24 years, the Coal Authority has evolved and strengthened the services it delivers to the construction sector, thanks to its expanding portfolio of services and products plus support from its industry specialists.

Now, from mining reports to engineering services, the Coal Authority provides expert solutions and advice that include resolving the impacts of ground movement, the collapse of mine shafts and mine workings, mine gas emissions and mine water discharges.

A signi cant development since the authority was formed is the creation of a dedicated mining reports team and product portfolio aimed at helping customers better understand mining risks. The products and services support residential and non-residential property transactions through to land development. They aid key industry sectors including conveyancers, geotechnical and environmental consultants, search providers and home-buyers.

These mining reports are backed up by expert advice and guidance. All reports are based on the Coal Authority’s unique coal mining database, which is underpinned by a vast store of historical maps and plans.

The Coal Authority also provides a range of advisory services to support the planning and development of sites. This includes pre-development advice on land acquisition and development proposals to provide greater certainty on what needs to be considered when submitting a planning application. If specific technical support on mining risk is required it can advise on how it can help you and your project.

One of the many reports available to support the industry is the Consultants Coal Mining Report.

Designed to provide consultants with unequalled data for improved risk assessment and pre-planning due diligence, the report sets a new standard in desktop coal mining data for land quality assessment.

The reports provide more comprehensive coal seam depth and hazard data, as well as new data on investigations and remedial activity for mine gas, mine water and subsidence. The reports also offer larger mapping and more features for fast, easy identification of potential issues and relevant abandoned mine catalogue reference numbers, for faster access to the Coal Authority historical archive. Critically, they also provide specific guidance on a site by site basis, including what to do next to complete data investigations.

However, the authority is not just focused on the past and is now looking beyond site-specific mining heritage issues as problems and instead turning them into opportunities in order to grow and diversify its business.

The Coal Authority has said that it is committed to investing in innovation and forming partnerships to try and maximise the benefits for the industry using the assets it already has to ensure it continues to evolve its services.

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